Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda, Causing Widespread (1)Power Failures
The hurricane (2)weakened slightly before (3)its eye passed over Bermuda, but the National Hurricane Center in Miami (4)warned the island’s residents “not to (5)venture out into the (6)calm period of the eye since strong and damaging winds will return quickly.” At King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, part of the roof collapsed in the old (7)wing and (8)flooding was reported in the new wing. Bermuda’s (9)utility, Belco, reported that 30,600 homes, (10)representing more than 80 percent of the island, were (11)without power.
The storm weakened Friday to a (12)Category 2 hurricane and hit the island (13)with winds of 110 miles per hour. “Good luck — and look after each other,” said (14)Gov. George Fergusson earlier in the day as (15)heavy winds began to buffet the island, (16)whipping through palm trees as (17)a torrential rain covered the green island in a blanket of gray.
Bermuda, a (18)tourist destination and an international business center 670 miles east of North Carolina, (19)is accustomed to hurricanes. The island’s 60,000 residents were still (20)cleaning up after Tropical Storm Fay, which damaged power lines and some roofs last weekend, when emergency services agencies began broadcasting warnings about Gonzalo this week.
The last big storm to hit Bermuda was Hurricane Fabian in 2003, a Category 3 storm that killed four people and caused (21)extensive damage, (22)forcing two hotels to (23)shut down for months.
Signaling the (24)extent of damage expected this time, the island’s (25)premier, Michael H. Dunkley, said that a (26)Royal Navy ship (27)was expected to arrive immediately after the storm passed to (28)provide emergency assistance. Bermuda is an (29)autonomous (30)British overseas territory.
Although most Bermudians expected to (31)ride out the storm at home and tourists remained in their hotels, a few dozen people (32)trickled into the government’s main (33)emergency shelter, (34)set up in one of the island’s two public high schools Friday.
Among them was Cavon Trott, 57, who (35)lives on the street. Staying in the shelter “will give me peace of mind,” he said. “I would normally sleep on someone’s (36)porch.”
Some people were already (37)resigned to losing their homes. Edward Bryan Marshall, 46, lives on a sport fishing boat but (38)abandoned it for the shelter. “I came here to be on (39)solid ground,” he said. “(40)I’m afraid my boat is going to (41)get tossed around and broken up.”
At the Grotto Bay Beach Resort, tourists (42)milled around the lobby Friday morning between (43)storm updates from the hotel’s managers.
“As they told us last night, ‘(44)Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst,' ” said Sammie Hedrick, 28, from Knoxville, Tenn., who had planned a scuba diving honeymoon with her husband, Ryan Hedrick.
For Paul Crump, 60, from Britain, Gonzalo was (45)the first hurricane he had ever seen. “There is some worry, but it’s pretty cool at the moment,” he said.
Don Burgess contributed reporting from Hamilton, Bermuda.
(1)Power Failures :정전
(2) weakened :약해지다
(3)its eye :태풍의 눈
(4)warn A (not) to ~: A에게 ~하(지 말)라고 경고하다
(5)venture out :위험을 무릅쓰고 나가다
(6)the calm period of the eye :태풍의 눈의 고요한 기간(태풍은 안쪽으로 갈수록 풍속이 증가하나 중심에는 하늘이 맑고 바람이 없는 고요한 상태를 유지하는데 이를 태풍의 눈이라고 한다.)
(7)wing :(건물의) 관
(10)representing more than 80 percent of the island :그 섬의 80% 이상을 차지하는
(11)without power :전기가 끊긴
(12)Category 2 hurricane :2등급 허리케인
(13)with winds of 110 miles per hour :시간당 110마일의 풍속으로
(15)heavy winds began to buffet the island :강풍이 섬에 몰아치기 시작하다
(16)whipping through palm trees :야자나무 사이로 (강풍이) 몰아치다
(17)a torrential rain covered the green island in a blanket of gray :폭우가 푸른 섬을 잿빛 장막으로 덮었다 (폭우가 내리칠 때 비구름이 회색인 것을 상상하자.)
(18)tourist destination :관광지
(19)is accustomed to :~에 익숙하다
(20)cleaning up after Tropical Storm Fay :열대 폭풍우 Fay가 지나간 후 깨끗이 청소하다
(22)force A to ~: A가 (강제로) ~하게 하다
(23)shut down :문을 닫다
(24)extent of damage :피해 범위
(25)premier :주지사; 총리
(26)Royal Navy :영국 해군
(27)was expected to :~할 것으로 예상되다
(28)provide emergency assistance :긴급 지원을 제공하다
(30)British overseas territory :영국령 섬
(31)ride out the storm :폭풍우를 이겨내다
(32)trickled into :~로 모여들다
(33)emergency shelter :비상 대피소
(34)set up in one of the island’s two public high schools :그 섬의 두 개의 공립 고등학교 중 하나에 설치된
(35)lives on the street :거리에서 (집 없이) 생활하다
(36)porch :현관; 문간
(37)resigned to :~을 받아들이는; 감수하는
(38)abandoned :버리다; 떠나다
(39)solid ground :굳은 땅
(40)I’m afraid :(유감이지만) …라 생각한다
(41)get tossed around and broken up :나뒹굴다 부서지다
(42)milled around :~를 배회하다
(43)storm updates from the hotel’s managers :호텔 지배인으로부터의 폭풍우에 대한 최신 정보
(44)Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst :최선을 바라고, 최악을 대비하다
(45)the first hurricane he had ever seen :(그 당시까지) 그가 처음으로 본 폭풍우
By ELISABETH MALKIN< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
Published: OCT 17, 2014
Source: The New York Times